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Cannes' Marilyn tribute

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To mark the 65th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, the event’s organised have chosen Marilyn Monroe as the festival ‘icon’ and are paying tribute to her enduring appeal with a suitably glamorous poster featuring the film star.

Picture credit: Marilyn Monroe© by Otto L. Bettmann, artwork: Bronx Agency

In a statement they said: “The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality – a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary. She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss. The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolises the ideal of simplicity and elegance.”

The striking simplicity of the black and white photograph, which seems to capture Marilyn in a candid moment, is compelling and reminds us yet again of her enduring fascination. Cannes could not have chosen a more perfect cinematic icon to celebrate their 65th anniversary.

The Cannes Film Festival run from May 16 - 27.

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